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Al Jazeera America
Dec 9, 2013 5:00pm EST
that we're having nowadays is the major drivers of our deficits nowadays are increasingly not on the discretionary side of the budget, but the non-discretionary side of the budget. there is no longer a place where they can make little fixes and kick the can down the road. there has been agreement on medicare, ned sai medicaid, andl security. it's a particular hot potato that neither side wants to touch. and saying that that's how we're going to solve our budget problems, and that's not going to work. >> after the high tide earlier in president obama's years in the white house, hasn't the deficit, which was huge when he came to office, been getting smaller. >> largely on the back--the sequester cuts which were a small but measurable reduction in over all spending, but also because of the fairly large tax hikes that have occurred under obamacare and under the fiscal cliff deal that they struck on new year's day of 2013. it raised taxes on higher income earners. it's been by extracting more from the american people and not by the government controlling it's out of control spe
Al Jazeera America
Dec 4, 2013 11:30am EST
school she is already behind and that deficit can compound itself over time. and finally, rising inequality and declining mobility are bad for our democracy. ordinary folks can't write massive campaign checks to tilt policies in their favor at everyone else's expense. so people get the bad taste that the system is rigged, and that increases cynicism and polarization, and decreased the political participation. so this is an issue that we have to tackle head on, and if in fact the majority of americans agree that our number one priority is to restore opportunity and brood based growth for all americans the question is why has washington consistently failed to act? i think a big reason is the myths that have developed around the issue of inequality. first there's the myth that this is a problem restricted to a small share of predominant minority poor. this is a black problem or hispanic problem ornatetive american problem. now it's true that the painful legacy of discrimination means that african-americans, latinos, native americans are far more likely to suffer from lack of opportu
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